The Datai

Jalan Teluk Datai, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, 07000, Malaysia
(5 star hotel)
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Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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An Exclusive Resort Amidst Lush Greenery

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 7, 2009

Unique Quality: We head to this resort out of curiousity to find out how exclusive it is. Yes, it's really exclusive and preferred by the rich & famous.

First of all, it has its own private access road leading to the resort which is a few kilometres long from the main road.

Secondly, the resort has a golf course and every parts of the resort is accessible using its buggy service.

Thirdly, staff are friendly even we are not guests but just curious "visitors".

The resort doesn't have the usual design of a lobby. Instead, it's a small alcove with sort of customer service desk for check in. The main area exudes an oriental & mysterious charm. At the centre of the lobby is a lotus pond with drangonflies happily hovering around. The coffee terrace is overlooking this pond.

I do not have the chance to see the resort's private beach. I believe it's accessible via the swimming pool but have to walk some distance amidst the lush forest in order to reach there.

Directions: Nothern part of Langkawi, look for sign with "Datai Bay".

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Beach, Rainforest and Luxury

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 16, 2007

The Datai is on the Northwest tip of Langkawi, 30 minutes drive from the airport. Its idyllic setting overlooking the Andaman Sea surrounded by virgin rainforest makes it a wonderful secluded retreat where you can swim, snorkel, windsurf, sail, walk in the rainforest or just relax and enjoy the spa, the beach and the natural surroundings. There is also an 18 hole golf course.
The hotel is a member of the small leading hotels of world and standards are very high here - from the staff knowing your name when you phone for a service to the rooms, restaurants, spa, food and all levels of service. The beach is swept every morning and cold flannels are brought around to you as you lie on the beach. Having said that we found it good value for money compared to other luxury hotels of the same standard we have stayed in.
Our room was a Rainforest villa which was set apart from the main building high up in the forest, looking out over the tree tops. It was very large and comfortably luxurious, decorated with natural materials.
The walkways and paths down to the beach and to the other parts of the hotel take you through the beautiful forest, where you can see birds, geckos and other wildlife. All the walkways are hilly and quite steep, so the Datai is not suitable if you have difficulty walking or getting around.
There are 3 restaurants - Malay and Western food in main restaurant, Thai food in the Pavilion overlooking rainforest and the Beach club by the sea for lunch al fresco or in the shade.
The Datai shares a bay with The Andaman, another luxury hotel, but has its own large beach area with shady trees and sunbeds, and an excellent small bar tucked away just behind the beach where they serve wonderful cocktails at Sunset with complimentary satay.
The Spa is one of the best I have experienced, in a beautiful location with one side open to the rainforest.
This is one of those hotels you just don't want to leave.

Unique Quality: Top class service at a reasonable price (compared to other luxury hotels in the world).
Stunning location set in virgin rainforest in a beautiful Bay.
Everything we wanted was right here - we didn't need to leave the hotel.

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sets a new standard for excellence

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 29, 2006

This is the best hotel we have ever stayed at, bar none, and we have stayed at quite a few of those in Leading Hotels of the World. It has, in fact, raised our expectation levels to a new plateau such that it has been very difficult to be satisfied at other hotels ever since.

Upon arrival the bell men took the car away, took our luggage, and escorted us to check-in. The lady there immediately escorted us to the lounge area nearby overlooking the rainforest and offered us complementary drinks. As we drank, she took our details and checked us in. Then she escorted us to our room.

We stayed in an End Suite as the Pool Villas had all been booked. The suite was gigantic and beautifully furnished. The rain forest comes right to the edge of both balconies in spite of being three floors up. Signs say to keep the doors closed when not there because of monkeys. Sure enough, I stepped out of the living room for two minutes, came back in, and there was a monkey on the coffee table eating the complementary fruit. It ran away before I could take a picture.

Children cannot swim at the upper pool, but our daughter loved the one down by the beach anyway. Staff will take you back and forth to the beach in golf carts if you don't want to take the ten minute walk.

We went on the night time nature tour and I sailed on the hotel sailboats, all inclusive. The restaurants were magnificent and the staff able to read your mind.

All in all, it was perfect.

Directions: Northwest corner of Langkawi

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Paradise found!!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 9, 2005

The most beautiful resort/hotel built sympathetically in the middle of a rainforest

Unique Quality: Wildlife - monkeys, birds, the list goes on and you are surrounded by them. You can watch them from your room or even share the walk to the beach with them!!

Staff - outstanding service, always smiling and friendly - nothing is too much trouble

location- beautiful beach and rain forest

free nature walks with expert - also able to do a night visit to a 'hide' in the forest - all free!

food - gorgeous and spicy!

rooms - even the basic rooms are amazing - if you can afford it go for a corner suite in the main building

spa - heaven, lying there being massaged watching the monkeys playing in the little stream by your own private spa villa!!

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Address: Jalan Teluk Datai, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, 07000, Malaysia

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Amenities at The Datai

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Kids Activities
  • Shuttle Service
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Spa
  • Suites
  • Airport Transportation
  • Bar / Lounge

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